Mrs. Pugh

I am Amanda Blackstock Pugh and I have been teaching Law and Justice at Apalachee High School since 2005. My husband is a deputy and works for the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department. We have one child and I have two stepchildren. I also have three nephews that are very special to me. My mother retired from the Gwinnett County Clerk of Courts Office in Gwinnett County and introduced us to the court system at an early age. My sister retired from the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office. I earned my Associates Degree at Gainesville College; Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice at Georgia State University; teacher certification at the University of Georgia; and a Masters of Science in Education at Walden University. My background in criminal justice includes volunteering in the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office Victim Witness Program; Legal Assistant for Karen Beyers (former defense attorney, current Superior Court Judge) for 9 years; and I was a Felony Probation Officer with the Georgia Department of Corrections for 3 years. This year, I will be teaching Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security; Criminal Justice Essentials; and Forensic Science & Criminal Investigations. I am excited to announce that students that pass the Forensic Science & Criminal Investigations course will receive a science course, in addition to completion of the pathway.

I am also the SkillsUSA Advisor for Apalachee High School . I began the chapter in 2007 and this year marks our 12 year anniversary. SkillsUSA is a student organization that offers many opportunities for students to demonstrate and improve their technical, workplace and personal skills. I am excited to work with our chapter officers and alumni members this year in planning an exciting reunion.

I currently serve on the SkillsUSA Board of Directors as the Secretary as well as the Region 2 Representative and on the TIEGA Board of Directors (Trade and Industrial Education of Georgia) as an At-Large Director. I was selected as a participant in LEAD CTAE for 2017-2018.

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School Phone: (770) 586-5111

Class Websites

Criminal Justice Essentials

SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization that students may join to compete in a variety competitions and learn leadership skills to become "Job Ready, Day One."